Comparing Md. Slots Bills
Friday, February 25, 2005; Page B05
House bill: Authorizes as many as 9,500 machines in four counties: 3,500 in Anne Arundel, 2,500 in Frederick, 2,500 in Harford and 1,000 at Rocky Gap Lodge in Allegany. Precise locations would be chosen by a seven-member commission appointed by the governor, Senate president, House speaker and state treasurer.
House: By 2010, more than $1 billion in gross proceeds a year, with about $350 million dedicated to education, $325 million to slot machine operators and the rest to other programs.
House: Steers most money to school construction, providing about $50 million in operating funds for districts with higher costs of providing education.
House: Sets aside 15 percent of proceeds for local development grants to counties and Baltimore, with funds distributed based on lottery sales in each jurisdiction; 3 percent in grants to jurisdictions hosting slots; and 9 percent to enhance horse-racing purses and aid the breeding industry.